–by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
Malibu, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/20/16 – “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road” opened at the Getty Center on May 7th, 2016 and will close on September 4th, 2016. So plan your visit NOW for this exciting glimpse into China’s past!
Hundreds of cave temples were carved into a cliff face and decorated with Buddhist wall paintings and sculptures on the western edge of the Gobi Desert near the ancient oasis town of Dunhuang, China. These caves are known as the Mogao (Peerless) Grotto.
From the 4th to the 14th centuries, Dunhuang bore witness to intense religious, commercial, and cultural exchange along the trade routes linking the East and the West known as the Silk Road. The documents and artifacts discovered in the site’s famed Library Cave focus primarily upon Buddhism and tell tales of merchants, monks, and ruling families in the Dunhuang region.
“Cave Temples of Dunhuang” highlights more than 25 years of collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to protect and conserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore replica caves and connect with China’s ancient culture!
The Getty Center located at 1200 Getty Center Drive is also hosting several other top quality exhibitions and installations suited to every taste. Please follow this link for more information:
New acquisitions include Danae and the Shower of Gold by Orazio Gentileschi (1621-23, oil on canvas). Danae is based upon a tale in Ovid’s METAMORPHOSES in which Princess Danae is imprisoned by her royal father to avoid the Oracle’s prophesy that she would give birth to a son that would kill him.
In the story, the god Jupiter takes the form of a shower of gold and impregnates Danae with mythic hero Perseus. Cupid, the god of love, pulls back a dark green curtain to reveal this dramatic scene in the painting.